Native Hawaiian protesters on Mauna Kea have found a surprise benefactor in one of Hawaii’s wealthiest women.
Hawaii News Now has learned that Abigail Kawananakoa, an heiress to the Campbell Estate fortune and a descendant of Hawaiian royalty, has given $25,000 to the cause. Sources said that Kawananakoa will likely provide additional funding if the situation escalates.
“We recognize her stewardship as very alii-like and we aloha her for that and hope that others can look to her and see the value of our efforts,” said Kamahana Kealoha, facilitator with the Sacred Mauna Kea Hui.
The money will go towards food and water for protesters, many of who have been on the mountain for more than 20 days.
It also will go towards bail. Previously, police have arrested 31 people for blocking access to the $1.4 billion project. Some expect more to come.